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The Fight - a poem 

- p. 9 

Rare animal sightings in 'The 
^ Arb' thrill environmental 
student - p. 11 

Takin' it to the streets - 
Pictures say it all - p. 12 


Threat to collective bargaining is no April Fools joke 

G R O U N D C O V E R N E W S 

Groundcover News exists 
to create opportunity and a 
voice for low-income people 
while taking action to end 
homelessness and poverty. 

Susan Beckett Publisher 

Laurie Lounsbury, Editor 


David KE Dodge 
Karen L Totten 
Christopher Alexander 
Andrew Nixon 
Phil Hannuksela 
Martin Stolzenberg 
Marquise Williams 
Richard Scott 

Letters to the Editor: 

Story or Photo Submissions: 


423 S. 4th Ave, Ann Arbor 


by Susan Beckett 

The pranking season is upon 
us and amid the whoopee 
cushions and water spraying 
flowers, the rug is being 
pulled out from under 
working people in the 
United States. Rights and 
protections for which our 
forebears fought and died 
are being circumvented. 
This erosion is often so 
subtle that it is not even 

Recent state government 
attacks on collective 
bargaining brought 
some of this into the 
public discourse but 
much remains in the 
background. Governor 
Snyder's call for the 
abolishment of laws that 
prevent the renegotiation 
of existing contracts is a 
real and present danger 
to collective bargaining 
agreements. And how 
many consumer and 
worker protections 
are lost if contracts are no 
longer respected? 

Emergency powers now 
afforded Michigan's 
governor to replace elected 
city officials with his own 
appointed representatives 
and appoint state financial 

managers, whose sweeping 
powers include the 
ability to nullify city and 
school district contracts, 
undermine our democratic 
process as well as the 
contracts they void. Further, 
state revenue sharing will be 
based on local governments' 
adherence to Snyder's 
dictates on employee 


our fundamental rights of 
representation by elected 

This is particularly 
unsettling when paired 
with the decades' long 
trend of national and 
state governments being 
unduly influenced by 
corporate interests who 
fund politicians' ever- 
Governments now 
routinely cater to 
corporate interests, 
justifying their 
actions as necessary 
to attract and retain 
jobs, while jobs 
that pay enough to 
support a family 
disappear just the 

compensation formulas, 
consolidation of services 
with other communities, 
and accountability and 
transparency. This attack 
on local autonomy, the last 
bastion of representative 
democracy, undermines 

The unenforced 
worker and 
in the North 
American Free 
Trade Agreement 
(NAFTA) treaty exemplify 
how corporations now 
moderate governments 
instead of governments 
regulating corporations. 
Unfettered capitalism 
promulgated by ungoverned 
multi-national corporations 
is leading us to wealth 

discrepancies of historic 

Beneficiaries of these 
policies, like the Wall Street 
stockbrokers recently 
interviewed by NPR about 
the bank bailout and 
subsequent profits and 
bonuses, feel entitled to take 
all they can because they 
are "smarter" than average 
people. Governmental 
regulation that might inhibit 
their profits is an affront 
to them. Greed has largely 
supplanted the common 
good as a corporate value, 
in part because these 
corporations are no longer 
American, or European, or 
Japanese, etc. They have no 
loyalty except to the bottom 

We just witnessed the largest 
protest in Lansing's history, 
with State Police arresting 
people to clear the capitol. 
Take a good look at the 
uprisings in Africa and the 
Middle East. Unless the 
public at large finds non- 
violent ways to change the 
behavior of leaders and 
corporations, we could be 
looking at our future, as 
young unemployed college 
graduates and aging laid off 
workers mired in debt take 
to the streets and demand 
the return of our country. 

Letter to the Editor 

Near North 
Development could 
have been different 

Your headline got it right— the Near 
North development does "raise complex 
questions." We appreciate writer 
Christopher Alexander's hard work as 
he tried to understand them. 
As Groundcover noted, we believe our 
neighborhood will suffer if this big, 
institutional-looking project is built. 
But it didn't have to be this way. We 
welcome Avalons efforts to provide 
"supportive" housing, and even asked 
them to build more supportive units 
at Near North. We're sorry that they 
decided instead to devote most of this 
needlessly oversized building to what 
Groundcover accurately calls "near 

market rate" apartments. 
Contrary to Groundcover's article, none 
of the seven historic homes that will 
be torn down for the project was ever 
"condemned." When the developers 
bought them, all were occupied by 
working families and individuals. Those 
who didn't own their own homes paid 
about $330 per bedroom per month. As 
Groundcover noted, Near North's one- 
bedroom apartments will rent for $774. 
Crazy as it sounds, this $15 million 
"affordable housing" project will 
actually make our neighborhood 
more expensive to live in. We hope 
that future Avalon projects show more 
respect for their neighbors, and use 
public funding for low-income housing 
more effectively. 

Margaret Schankler 
NCPOA Planning Committee 





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Breaking away from the traditional cow paths in life 

by Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell 
Pastor, Bethlehem United Church 
of Christ 

Here at Bethlehem United Church of 
Christ, there are several small groups 
studying and discussing Barbara Brown 
Taylor s An Altar in the World. We meet, 
talk, and wonder on Wednesdays during 
these weeks of Lent. It is a well- written 
and provoking book on intentional 
spiritual practices which fill our ordinary 
days. This past week we took a look at 
her practice of getting lost, the practice 
of the wilderness. She starts out with 
a metaphor of cow paths on the land 
where she and her husband live in rural 
Georgia. Her observation is that cows 
commonly walk single file down paths 

established by the repeated coming and 
going of their hooves. There is no need 
to think about it, to choose a pathway. 
They use the ones they already'know. 
These paths tend to traverse either the 
shortest or the easiest way between two 
points. Watching the cows causes her to 
reflect on the well-trod routes we often 
follow without conscious intention. 

Our safe and secure roadways of life 
remain largely in place for most of us 
unless circumstances shove us off the 
familiar dirt, sand, mud, gravel, or asphalt. 
Such route-altering circumstances 
include death, illness, betrayal, loss of 
fortune or job, foreclosure of home, 
violence, and major rifts with those we 
love. Those moments often return us to 

a consciousness about every step we are 
able to take on scary ground. We don't 
have to wait for dramatic moments to 
shake up our balance and cause us to step 
out where we have never been before. 
We can get off the pathway of our own 
accord to have a new experience, to take 
a risk, to go outside old boundaries, to 
be more deliberate and conscious in our 
daily lives. 

As we have been considering cow paths 
at Bethlehem, I have thought about what 
cow paths Groundcover disturbs. Does 
it open our eyes to an issue we have only 
occasionally or periodically seen? Are 
our hopes raised by the possibility of 
a good product, a steady income, and 
a new future? Do we get to engage in 

meaningful work with a diverse group 
of people? Is our compassion stretching 
into fresh and broader shapes? And what 
about the joy that is ours when together 
with others we make a real difference? 
Facing a big issue like homelessness, 
we can simply follow single file along 
familiar, easy paths that don t challenge, 
confront, or create new realities. Or 
we can take off across life's wide open 
pastures, vulnerable, uncertain, but 
expectant concerning possibilities that 
lie out there. 

Spring is a great time to break ranks, 
leave the old path, and discover 
something new that awaits us. Can we 
help one another get off the path? 


IrCSpclSSecl! Homeless left with nowhere to go - literally 

by Andrew Nixon and 
Marquise Williams 

Perhaps no segment of society is more 
profoundly affected by trespassing 
policy than the homeless population. 
Although the Ann Arbor Police 
Department was unable to supply 
exact figures, a number of homeless 
individuals in Ann Arbor are banned 
from public or private properties each 
year. In some cases, they are being 
denied access to essential services 
such as food, lodging, and public 

A no trespass order - often referred 
to simply as a "trespass" - is a police 
order legally banning an individual 
from a premise for violating the 
property owner's code of conduct. Such 
orders are issued for many different 
reasons, ranging from squatting on 

private property to violent 
behavior, sexual predation, 
and alcohol and drug use. 
Once an individual has 
been delivered an order by 
a police officer, he or she 
cannot come within 20 feet 
of the property for a period 
of one year, according to 
state law. Violating a trespass 
is considered a misdemeanor 
and is an arrestable offense. 

) Homeless people are 

particularly vulnerable to 
trespassing charges, largely 
because they have nowhere 
permanent to call home. 
Many, though perhaps not a majority, 
struggle with mental health and drug 
abuse problems, disposing them to 
antisocial behavior. Homelessness is 
a vicious cycle, isolating individuals 
in need from their community, 
compounding the challenges they face. 

The Shelter Association of Washtenaw 
County (SAWC) is a primary resource 
for homeless people in the area. Housed 
at the Robert J. Delonis Center in Ann 
Arbor, SAWC provides a wide array 
of essential services to individuals 
experiencing homelessness, including 
employment assistance, health care, 
meals, and temporary housing. 

While the Delonis Center strives to 
serve all those in need, sometimes 
staff restricts or suspends a guest's 
privileges because their behavior has 
become seriously disruptive. Extreme 

misconduct, including violence, 
stalking, sexual predation, bullying, 
drug dealing, and illicit drug use at the 
facility, may warrant a formal trespass. 
In the past two years, 94 of the 1,808 
individuals served by the Delonis 
Center ended up on the center's trespass 

Ellen Schulmeister, CEO of SAWC, feels 
that resorting to the occasional banning 
of an individual from the Center's 
premises is sometimes necessary in 
order to keep the peace. "We have many 
people in our building and we have a 
responsibility to keep them safe," she 

The Delonis Center has a 
formal protocol in place to deal 
with disruptive behavior at its 
facility. First, staff members 
attempt to de-escalate the 
parties involved and moderate 
their behavior. The individuals 
are issued a warning; 
subsequent disruptions may 
result in ejection from the 
facility for the rest of the day. 
If the unwanted behavior 
continues, a manager has 
the authority to suspend a 
guest's privileges. Known as 
"indefinite suspension," this 
is intended to be a cooling-off 
period. Guests given LS. have 
access to first-floor services, 
including meals and the 
Warming Center, but they are 
prohibited from the residential 

Only in situations involving violent 
behavior, drug dealing and use, and 
stalking do shelter staff generally 
pursue a formal trespass order against 
an individual. At this point, a police 
unit arrives and issues an order to the 
perpetrating individual, banning - or 
"trespassing" - them from the premises. 

Homeless shelters and meal centers 
aren't the only institutions affected 
by the issue. Business owners often 
complain that the presence of homeless 
individuals at their storefronts or using 
their facilities is bad for business, and 

they see TRESPASSED, page 1 1 

Bethlehem United Church of Christ 
423 S. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

(between William and Packard) (734) 665-6149 

Bethlehem Church is the home of the Groundcover office. 


8:30 am ~ Choir Rehearsal 

8:30 am and 10:00 am * Worship 

9:00 am '•*. Confirmation Class 

10:00 am ~ Church School 

10:00 am ~ Young Adult Forum 

11:30 am - Youth Fellowship 

Upcoming Events: 

April 2 r Saturday Worship * 5:15 pm 

Wednesday Night Study Sessions on Spiritual Practice: 

April 6, and 13 at 7:30 pm 

How Then shall We Live Group: 

April 10 (11:30 am) and 11 (11:00 am) 

April 17 ~ Palm Sunday 

April 21 ~ Maundy Thursday ~ Soup, Sandwich c\ Service 

April 22 ~ Good Friday * 7 am to 7 pm * Vigil of the Cross 

~ Worship 12 noon and 7:00 pm 

April 24 ~ Easter morning ~ 7:00 am/Sunrise Service 

~ 8:00/Easter Breakfast - 10:00 am/Worship 

an invitation to grow in spirit and serve with joy 


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by $*n§ait Beckett " 
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Hope Clinics have a long history of 
helping people in the Ypsilanti area 
with free medical and dental care. 
Open to any uninsured person who 
comes to their doorsteps, the need 
has exceeded their capacity to serve. 
With the construction of their new 
facility nearing completion, they will 
soon have the space to accommodate 
many more patients. 

Hope Clinics provide compassionate 
and practical help to those in need, 
ministering to the whole person 
with dignity and respect. They 
provide a broad range of services. 
Hope Medical Clinic provides 
free medical care to low income 
children and adults without 
medical insurance. Over 100 
volunteer medical professionals 
conduct more than 7,000 patient 
visits and fill more than 1 1,000 
prescriptions each year. Hope 
Dental Clinic provides preventative 
and restorative dental care to 
low income children and adults 
without dental insurance. More 
than 4,000 patient visits occur each 
year - that's a lot of smiles! Other 
basic services, including 10,000 hot 
meals, groceries to more than 1,700 
households a year, and access to 
free washing machines, come from 
Hope Social Services. 


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A-DEC contributed over 

worth of dental equipment, 

new dental consoles that have built-in offices 

x-ray machines that can 


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cabinets throughout complete the i 

outfitting of this very modern facility 
A Head Start partnership helped Volunteer doctors, dentists, nurse 

ers, physician assistants, 
additional rooms will increase patient and dental hygienists come from 

r allowing more efficient 

each work multiple rooms, allowing 
anesthesia to take hold in one room 
while filling cavities in another, while 
yet another is sterilized and prepped 

the community at large as well as St. 
Joseph Mercy Hospital and the U-M 
Hospital and Dental School. Several 
area dental labs provide their services 
for free. General volunteers frequently 
come from the ranks of those who 

Historically spread throughout 
Ypsilanti, most of these services 
soon will be co; 
Harriet Stree 

wing features eight exam rooms, 
up from five at the current facility, 
along with a large pharmacy, charting 
room, and spacious waiting area that 
includes a children's play space. Clinic 
hours have been limited to eight 
clinic sessions per week because the 
cramped quarters made it difficult 
to prep the clinic while it was in 
use. Once more volunteer medical 
professionals are recruited, the 
clinic will expand in hours as well as 

The dental wing sports seven state- 
of-the-art treatment rooms, as 
compared to the current four which 

Hope executive director 

for the next patient. 

Once the administrative office move 
is complete, that and the current 
reception area will be turned into 
a community dining and meeting 
area with an expanded food pantry 
upstairs. Though Hope has been 
providing weekend meals for years, 
they have been doing it in other 
locations that are less convenient for 

The Wash with Care program will get 
a big boost when the new laundry 
room soon is equipped with brand 
new washing machines and stacking 

have received assistance themselves. 
They help with many tasks, including 
mailings, bagging and distributing 
food, data entry, meal preparation 
and serving, and building and repair 

"Most people, especially those who 
receive medical or dental help, are so 
grateful that they are very anxious 
to give back," says Cathy Robinson, 
executive director of the Hope 
Clinics. "Some help outright away 
and others, once they get back on 
their feet, will send in a check for $10 
or $20. One engineer who had been 
laid off sent in a check for $400 after 

he relocated and got a new job. Were 
like a family and people want to help 
take care of their brothers and sisters." 

Robinson recalled one you n 

who came in for dental treatment. 
They discovered a possibly cancerous 
growth in her mouth and referred her 
immediately to the medical clinic for 
a biopsy. Fortunately, test results were 
negative, but the gir& appreciative 
parents came to the clinic to 
volunteer and help with publicity and 
outreach. The father, an accomplished 
accordionist, played for community 
members while they were dining at 
the old Oasis Cafe. 

Clients with special skills have taken 
on projects such as repairing the 
furnace, painting parking lines on 
the newly paved lot, and washing 
the windows. Twins who came to 
the clinic always brought with them 
something to donate, such as pencils. 

There are paid staff members who 
direct the volunteers, including two 
part-time doctors who work ten 
hours per week in the role of medical 
director, supervising more than 90 
volunteer clinicians and managing a 
network of over 100 specialists. Hope 
recognizes the demands of various 
life stages, so while some clinicians 
come in every week, or even more 
once they retire, some others work 
only half a day every six weeks. When 
the addition is complete, Hope will 
start recruiting additional medical 
professionals and expand existing 
hospital and university partnerships. 

"I went to the medical clinic with 
something like the flu and they gave 
me medicine. I was better within a 
day," says Tony S., the recipient of a 
small amount of the $2,362,972 worth 
of prescription medications given to 
Hope Clinic patients and paid for by 
the donations Hope receives. 

Lab tests and radiology are provided 
free by the St. Joseph Mercy Health 
System for patients who meet 
financial requirements. Though 
the clinic provides free primary 
health care for patients without 
health insurance or the ability to 
pay for health care, they do ask each 
see HOPE, p. 10 


State of the union threatened with new policies 

by Christopher Alexander 

When I was a child, my grandfathers 
blue-collar wage from Ford Motor 
Company, and Fords generous discount 
for employees, meant that every three 
years Papaw would trade in his gently 
used pickup for a brand new F-150. 
As soon as the truck docked in our 
driveway hed tattoo the driver s side of 
the rear bumper with a "Buy American 
- United Auto Workers Local 182" 
sticker. For artful balance he'd paste 
"Solidarity Forever," on the opposite 

My Pap doted over me and was 
exceedingly generous. But a child's 
insatiable appetite for toys and candy 
can strain even the most charitable, and 
I was from time to time told "no." His 
stock phrase for steadfastly declining 
my appeals sprang from rich union 
ground. When Papaw said, "That's not 
in the contract, kid," this signaled to me 
that negotiations were over. 

In many ways, negotiations are just 
beginning for organized labor in 
America. Trade unions are fighting 
to remain relevant politically and 
economically, and this is most visible in 
Wisconsin, and to an extent, Lansing. 
By many measures unions are losing 

My granddad's beloved UAW has shed 
almost one million members over the 
past four decades - more than half its 
membership. These relatively well- 
paying manufacturing jobs have left our 

region. It's difficult to imagine how they 
might return. It's worthwhile to reflect 
a little on how we got to this point 
and what happens if organized labor 
becomes irrelevant in America. 

As I write this, today marks the 
centennial of one of America's worst 
industrial accidents on record. One 
hundred years ago, March 25th, 1911, 
146 garment workers died in a fire in 
New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist 
Factory. Many cite the Triangle fire as 
the catalyst for the rise of twentieth- 
century trade unions, and American 
organized labor in general. 

One hundred and twenty-nine of 
those killed were young, mostly Jewish 
and Italian, immigrant women. Their 
average age was 20. The primary reason 
for the high death toll was that most 
exits at the sweatshop were locked in 
a purported effort to prevent theft. 
Most of the casualties occurred when 
the women jumped from the ninth 
floor windows to avoid the flames. One 
quarter of a million New Yorkers filled 
the streets to memorialize and protest 
the loss. 

Although working conditions improved 
as a result of public protest, it was 
almost another 60 years before the 
creation of the U.S. Occupational and 
Safety and Health Administration 
(OSHA), the government's chief 
regulator for workers' safety. 

Early this March, OSHA administrator 
David Michaels, in an interview with 

National Public Radio, criticized the 
current Republican Congress for 
plans to slash nearly $100 million 
from the agency's annual budget. 
"The Republicans have proposed a 20 
percent cut and given [that] half a year's 
over, that really means a 40 percent 
cut," Michaels said. "It would really 
have a devastating effect on all of our 

Rather than comply with stringent 
safety regulations outlined and enforced 
by OSHA, in fact what happens is huge 
multinational corporations, with their 
allegiance to quarterly profits, just hoist 
their sweatshops out of America and to 
wherever safety compliance and labor is 

A fire this past December 14, at a 
garment sweatshop in the South Asian 
country Bangladesh, was jarringly 
similar to the Triangle fire of 191 1. 
Like the New York fire, the Bangladesh 
factory's exits were reportedly locked. 
Like New York, most of the Bangladesh 
workers died as they leaped from the 
building's ninth floor windows. Again, 
the majority of the 26 victims were 

Bangladeshi workers are among the 
lowest paid in the world. Two days 
before the fire, the BBC reported that 
at least three garment workers were 
killed by authorities in protest strikes 
over the right to collective bargaining. 
To placate union organizers, last June 
the minimum wage in the country was 
raised from roughly $23 to $42 per 
month. Clashes erupted when most 
companies simply ignored the new law. 

Media reports after the fire said that 
some of the multinationals doing 
business in Bangladesh include The 
Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, JC Penney, Levi 
Strauss and Wal-Mart. Bangladeshi 
sweatshops generate more than 
$10 billion annually and flood the 
American market with artificially cheap 
clothes that cost our country countless 

Historically, particularly after the 
Triangle fire, American workers' rights 
were closely aligned with the civil rights 
movement. When he was assassinated 
in 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 
was in Memphis to support the city's 
striking sanitation workers. Just hours 
before he was shot, King gave a stirring 
speech that has come to be known as 

the "I've been to the Mountain Top" 
speech. A less-quoted excerpt from that 
night pointed directly at the strikers. 

"You are demanding that this city will 
respect the dignity of labor," King said. 
"So often we overlook the work and 
the significance of those who are not in 
professional jobs, of those who are not 
in the so-called big jobs. But let me say 
to you tonight that whenever you are 
engaged in work that serves humanity 
and is for the building of humanity, it 
has dignity and it has worth." 

Reverend Jesse Jackson was at King's 
side in Memphis when the young 
civil rights leader was struck down. 
More than 40 years later, Jackson is in 
Madison supporting the most recent 
manifestation of the old fight. Jackson 
called Wisconsin "ground zero for 
workers' rights to bargain." 

"These workers have been amazingly 
disciplined and nonviolent," Jackson 
said. "What they're saying is, 'We can 
negotiate wages and benefits, but not 
our right to be at the table.' People are 
going to fight back because they think 
their cause is moral and they have no 
place else to go." 

Jackson blames corporate excess and 
conspicuous consumption for the 
looming battle. He says the rich are 
getting richer on the backs of what he 
calls "the least able people." His words 
are sharp. 

"It's going to create a rebellion," Jackson 
said, "and so now it is revolt. They're 
revolting against a system that's not 
working for them. Too few got too 
much. Too many are getting poorer and 
the middle-class is sinking. The workers 
of America need a better deal. Workers 
are righteously, nonviolently fighting 
back. That's the best thing they can do." 

It is difficult to identify the pivotal 
moment heralding the decline of 
organized labor in America. Some 
point to 1981 as the beginning of the 
end for unions. The first week of August 
that year, 13,000 of the nearly 17,500 
members of the Professional Air Traffic 
Controllers Organization walked out 
on strike, in violation of a 1947 law 
banning strikes by federal government 
unions. President Ronald Reagan 
ordered the controllers to return to 
work or surrender their jobs. "They are 

see UNIONS, page 7 



High school teachers had a 
positive impact on Vendor 

by Christopher Alexander 

Groundcover News vendor 
Robert Salos art communicates 
complex ideas he has trouble 
articulating verbally. Although 
Robert has worked in every 
conceivable medium, currently 
he uses found objects from 
around town to create what he 
calls "Street Art." 

"I create this to leave an 
impression" Robert said. "It's 
sort of like a time-capsule or a 
hope chest. I call this particular 
set of work '2010 Impressions. 5 
Its the mediums I gather that 
inform the message." 

Robert said his ambition to 
create stems largely from one 
influential teacher, Mr. Fox 
at Farmington High School, 
who in the early 1970's led 
him toward a serious interest 
in graphic arts. Because of 
Fox, Robert says that he has a 
practical approach to art. 

"I try to make my art three 
dimensional and real to life, 
like you're actually there " 
Robert said. "I try not to be 
too surrealist. I wanted to be 
unique as an artist and an 
individual, so I learned to 
humble myself and to just be 

Vendor Robert displays some of his "Street Art" at a recent Groundcover news meeting. 

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In the early 1980's Robert 

headed to the west 
coast to spend 
a year studying 
in California with 
Dave Smith, a 
seasoned climber 
and instructor. 

• He worked in the 
kitchen at Yosemite 
National Park for a 

"They called me 
The Count of 
Monte Cristo," he 
joked, "because I 
had to count the 
It was at Yosemite 
that Robert met 
the famed nature 
photographer Ansel 
Adams, in 1984, the 
same year the artist 

"I was at the park, 
heading over to 
the health clinic 
when I saw a man 
that looked like 

Santa Clause," he said. Robert 
introduced himself and asked 
for an autograph. Adams 
was filming a biographical 
documentary about his life, but 
stopped to speak with him. 
"I asked him, "What is it that 
you try to capture in your 
work?' As he was signing 
the autograph for me he 
said, 'Robert, it is so hard to 
verbalize,' and that was all he 

Alongside art, Roberts second 
passion is for mass-media and 
newspapers. He attributes this 
interest to another high school 
teacher, Ms. Gruenberg. She 
persuaded him to study hard 
and he felt at the time that he 
would likely have a career in 

"She was somebody that just 
brought out the best in me," he 

After graduating from 
Farmington High School 
in 1974, Robert considered 
joining the military. His dream 
at the time was to be an aviator, 
a dream he still hasn't put 
completely to rest. 

"I still have an ambition to fly, 
but I think it s probably beyond 
me now," he said. 

Instead of joining the service, 
Robert moved to Flint where 
he worked at a local newspaper 
as the circulation manager. 
At the same time he studied 
computer programming at 
Mott Community College, 
but soon his interest in 
programming waned. 

Robert is now planning to 
return to Eastern Michigan 
University soon to study 
computer aided graphic design. 

Selling Groundcover helps 
Robert supplement his modest 
income, but it also allows him 
to interact and socialize with 
new people. 

"Groundcover helped me to 
find myself again," he said. "I 
like being myself and meeting 
different people. I've gathered a 
lot of history about Ann Arbor, 
just talking to all of the people. 
I like it when they leave with a 



Culinary Arts Club cooks up winning recipes 

by Laurie Lounsbury 

"It s not often that you hear the words 
Vegan' and 'teenager in the same 
sentence," said Joel Panozzo, co-founder 
of The Lunchroom pop-up restaurant. 
"That's why, when we heard about the 
culinary club at the Neutral Zone, we 
wanted to get involved." 

Panozzo and his partner, Phillis 
Englehart, are vegan foodies who 
launched an under-the-radar restaurant 
business that served gourmet vegan 
meals to people on an invitation-only, 
pop-up restaurant basis last fall. 

Englehart's son, Ryan Shea, grew up 
with great vegan food from his mother 
and next door neighbor Panozzo. 
Therefore, it wasn't a surprise when he 
took an interest in the Culinary Arts 
Club at the Neutral Zone. 

The club was founded by 

Community High School seniors Sonya 

Kotov and Emma Machcinski. 

"We were just talking one day about 
how much we like to cook, and we 
wanted to learn about more exotic 
foods and how to make recipes with 
them," Kotov said. 

The club is unfunded and meets once a 
week, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 

"Since they don't have any funds, we 
wanted to support them," said Panozzo. 
He and Englehart helped club members 
whip up a a beautiful vegan spring 
dinner March 27 as a fundraiser for the 

"The group did a full day of cooking 
to prepare for the dinner," Panozzo 
said. Members prepared a menu of 
fresh baked bread and delicious spread, 
crunchy spring rolls, spring greens 
salad, deconstructed stuffed zucchini 
and tangy lemon bars for dessert 

The experience gave the club the 
opportunity to see what it's like to cook 
for large groups of people. 

"We learned that you have to plan 
ahead," said club member Heather 

Englehart hoped the dinner would 
bring the club some needed funding. 
"We'd like to raise $500-$60G for them," 
Englehart said. 

The club plans to release a cookbook 
called "In Season" this summer, which 
will feature recipes using locally grown, 
seasonal foods. 

For more information about the 
Neutral Zone and the Culinary Arts 
Club, visit: 
or call 734-214-9995 

Clockwise) from top left: Phillis 
Englehart serves up meals with the 
help of club member Heather Charles; 
artwork for the cover of the upcoming 
cookbook, "In Season"; Joel Panozzo 
puts the final touches on a meal; 
COVER; One of the culinary club's 
founders, Sonya Kotov and Neutral 
Zone art director Natalie Berry ' 
Photos by Laurie Lounsbury 

Unions weakened by consumer desires 

continued from page 5 

in violation of the law," Reagan said, 
"and if they do not report for work 
within 48 hours they forfeited their jobs 
and will be terminated." 

Union members miscalculated the 
President's threat as sheer bluff. Two 
days later, though, as promised, Reagan 
fired 11,345 PATCO members; in 
addition, he banned them from federal 
employment for life. 

"People have been taking this for about 
30 years," said Michael Moore, the 
liberal activist and Michigan native, 
"ever since Reagan fired the air-traffic 
controllers. We should have stopped 
them then. We shouldn't have crossed 
those picket lines." 

Moore's 1989 documentary film, 
Roger and Me, delved deeply into the 
economic impact of the decision by 
General Motors to close plants in his 
hometown, Flint, and move more than 
30,000 jobs out of Michigan and into 

"This is war," Moore said about the 
standoff in Wisconsin. "This is class war 
that's been leveled against the working 
people of this country. At some point 
people are just going to have to stand 
up and say, nonviolendy, this is enough. 
We're not going to take it anymore." 

Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor 
for four years under President Bill 
Clinton. He disagrees with Michael 
Moore's assertion that Reagan is 
responsible for the decline of American 
unions. Reich said that at its peak, 

labor union 
was more 
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Norton, recently asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought 
wealth is distributed in the United States. Most thought that it's more 
balanced than it actually is. Asked to choose their ideal distribution of 
wealth, 92% picked one that was even more equitable. 

"Don't blame 

Ronald Reagan 

or corporate 

greed," Reich 

said. "Blame us - you and me. You see, 

starting about 30 years ago and with 

increasing efficiency, technologies have 

given us consumers a world of choice 

- low-priced goods and services that 

often depend on low wages here and 


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priced goods and services, in place 
of a unionized workforce with the 
bargaining clout to get higher wages. 
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Hope clinics consolidate, add new medical wing 

continued from page 4 being blessed keeps Dr. Sloan and many who will accept patients as a one-time publicized fire at Franks Furr 

continued from page 4 
patient to make a $5 donation if they 
are able to do so. There are two weekly 
walk-in clinics, including one open 
8:30 a.m. on Saturday for new patients; 
appointments are also available. Most of 
the medical clinic's patients are adults, 
since children almost always have 
health insurance now, either through 
Medicaid or MIChild, if not through 
private insurance. They account for 
just 4% of the clinics medical visits, 
compared to 24% of the dental clinics 

The cental clinic employs two full- 
time staff dentists. A volunteer 
dentist, Dr. Kevin Sloan, specializes 
in prosthodontics and has been 
the volunteer dental director since 
he headed up the planning and 
implementation of the dental clinic in 
1993. Along with his duties as clinic 
director, he accepts Hope patients as 
referrals for bridges and dentures and 
serves on the Hope board of directors. 
He also recruits other volunteers. Hope 
is a Christian organization and the 
opportunity to live out the message of 
the gospel and give back in thanks for 

being blessed keeps Dr. Sloan and 
others coming back. 

"The need is overwhelming and the 
gratitude for serving is amazing", says 
Sloan. "I make a lot of dentures for 
people with no teeth. The change it 
makes in their lives is amazing. They 
can go out in public, eat, smile, they are 
out of pain and employable. There was 
one Grandmother who told me later 
that the greatest change for her was that 
her young grandchildren kept telling 
her how beautiful she was." 

"They treat you like a paying customer" 
extols Tony S., a Groundcover vendor. 
"They're real kind. They greet you 
by your first name and say 'hi.' They 
pulled three of my teeth out and the 
whole thing only took twenty minutes. 
All you have to do is be on time. They 
pulled my teeth and cleaned them but 
it takes a really long time to get the new 
teeth, like two to three years. I'm lucky 
I've got the paper so I'm saving up my 
money so I can get my teeth sooner at 

The greatest need in the dental clinic 
is for general dentists and specialists 

who will accept patients as a one-time 
referral and treat them in their own 
offices for dentures, crowns, bridges 
or root canals, services Hope does not 
provide at the clinic. 

Even with the expansion, Hope will 
not be able to meet the need for adult 
dental care. Children's dental care is 
covered by Medicaid and they can 
be treated at U-M, the Washtenaw 
County Children's Clinic (operating 
out of Mack Elementary School in Ann 
Arbor), and at private clinicians who 
accept Medicaid. Hope takes Head Start 
and uninsured children immediately. 
Twenty new adult patients are accepted 
at regularly scheduled patient sign-up 
days. They recently changed their intake 
procedure to a single-hour call-in, 9 to 
10 a.m. on a Saturday. Previously, they 
had lines forming the evening before 
with people waiting in line overnight 
for the 7:00 a.m. registration - some 
waiting for hours only to find out they 
weren't in the 100 patient pool that 
could be accepted that day. 

Hope started a satellite clinic in 2007 
in Western Wayne County (which 
was recently damaged in the highly 

publicized fire at Frank's Furniture 
store) to alleviate crowding issues and 
better serve the 46% of new patients 
that came from western Wayne County. 
Another satellite clinic was started in 
Chelsea. It has since spun off to become 
the Chelsea Grace Clinic, and continues 
to serve Western Washtenaw County. 

Services available free elsewhere are not 
offered at the medical clinic. Pregnancy 
and STD testing, tuberculosis testing, 
and immunizations are available at the 
County Health Department. The dental 
clinic does not provide emergency care 
to non-clinic patients. The medical 
clinic does not provide prescriptions 
for birth control, fertility treatment, or 
erectile dysfunction. 

For more information on volunteering 
or receiving services, visit or call (734) 484- 
2989. The Medical Clinic and Hope 
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1, and reopen in the new building May 

The Dental Clinic will be closed May 
2 to May 8, reopening on May 9 in the 
new building. Weekend meals will 
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Groundcover News writers workshop helps novices and experienced writers hone their skills 

by David K.E. Dodge 

Writers for "Groundcover News" (GCN) 
attended a writer's workshop Saturday, 
March 26, at First Baptist Church of Ann 
Arbor, under the auspices of GCN. Widely 
published freelance writer, Vickie Elmer, 
developed and presented the workshop. 
John Hilton, Editor, The Ann Arbor Ob- 
server; Grace Shackman, freelance writer; 
and Laurie Lounsbury, Editor, GCN, joined 
Ms. Elmer in sharing their expertise as pub- 

lished authors and editors, with the 
attending GCN reporters. 

Subject matter for the session included 
"Finding Great Stories," "An Introduction 
to Reporting Skills," "Writing and Self- 
Editing," "Laws You Need to Know," and 
"Twitter and other Tools." This reporter 
was impressed by just how many advanced 
skills are developed by successful practi- 
tioners of the art of Journalism. Having a 
strong command of writing is essential, but 

is just the beginning. 

A luncheon followed the workshop, at- 
tended by both the presenters and the GCN 
reporters. Thanks from GCN and all the 
participants to Zingermans Deli for their 
great lunch; to Mity Nice Italian Ice for 
donating paper goods, tea, and chips; to 
Roos Roast for coffee; to The Ann Arbor 
Observer/ (John Hilton) 
for note pads and other printed material, 
and to First Baptist Church- Ann Arbor for 

providing the meeting space and dining 

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ers, this reporter extends thanks to Susan 
Beckett, publisher of GCN, for her coordi- 
nating efforts in bringing the workshop to- 
gether, as well as to the authors and editors 
who provided valuable insights and guid- 
ance, from expertise gathered over what 
are, cumulatively, many years of experience. 

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Rare animal sightings in the Arb captivate UM senior 

by Laurie Lounsbury 

A hiker who was exploring the Huron 
River shoreline in Nichols Arboretum 
was amazed to discover a pride of 
Lolcats living near the riverbank. 

"I thought Lolcats were just an online 
myth," said Avrille Fouel, a U-M college 
senior majoring in environmental 
oddities. She has spent the last four 
years probing every nook and cranny 
of the Arb in search of endangered and 
rare species of animal and plant life. 
To date, the senior has made several 
remarkable discoveries, including a 
healthy, albeit inebriated, specimen 
of the almost extinct North American 
Four-toed Sloth. 

"The four-toed sloth wasn't really in the 
Arb," Fouel clarified. "I found it doing a 
keg stand in the parking lot of the Eye 
Drinka Lone fraternity. It's amazing 
what a sloth can do with two extra 

The pride of six Lolcats was mosdy 

shielded from view in their 
lair made of Odtaa* brambles. 
Measuring 404* centimeters in 
length, the Lolcats are small and 
sleek. Fouel was surprised to see 
that, unlike other breeds of cats, 
the Lolcats thoroughly enjoyed 
swimming in the river. 

"One of them looked like a tiny 
synchronized swimmer when it 
crossed its front paws over its cute 
little nose and extended its hind 
legs in the air. It was adorable." 

The rare DORD, which has two tails, two noses and 
a second tail. 

When Fouel bravely approached 
the Lolcats and tried to pet them, they 
hissed at her with a noise that sounded 
like "Tey hyooman gots to go stoopid." 

"I think I got too close to them 
at feeding time, so they were 
understandably upset," Fouel said, 
noting that they were rooting around 
in a pile of small cheezburgers that they 
can haz. 

In addition to Lolcats and Four-toed 
Sloths, Fouel found a lone DORD* 

wandering through the Peony Garden. 
The DORD, while rare, is very 
distinctive with its extra tail, two noses, 
second tail and another nose. 

"They're pretty weird looking, but cute 
in their own way," Fouel said, adding, "I 
think they're cute." 

Fouel said her most interesting 
experience was sighting the Math 

"You don't see them often, but when 

you do, you know what you're looking 
at because of its unique gait. In spite of 
its four strong legs, the Math Wolverine 
has a tendency to put three down and 
carry the one." 

The usually environmentally sensitive 
citizens of Ann Arbor are hoping the 
Math Wolverine quickly becomes 
extinct. The species is undesirable due 
to its inability to block and tackle. 

Fouel said it's unlikely to have another 
Lolcat sighting until next fall. 

"They typically go into hibernation on 
April FooFs Day and don't reappear 
until students return to school in the 
fall," she explained. 

* Internet slang, aka "Netlingo" 
definitions are: DORD - "Department 
of Redundancy Department;" Odtaa - 
"One darn thing after another;" 404 - "I 
haven't a clue;" and of course, Lolcat - 
that's a whole subject of its own, so you 
may want to consult Prof. Google to 
learn about Lolcats. 

Tresspassing laws leave homeless with nowhere to eat or sleep 

continued from page 5 

sometimes go to considerable 
- and costly - lengths to keep 
itinerants moving on their way. 
Ann Arbor's biggest business, 
the University of Michigan, 
has issued over 2,500 trespass 
warnings over the last ten 
years, according to a recent 
Michigan Review article. A 
large portion of individuals 
who received these warnings 
were homeless. The public 
transportation system is also 
affected, with numerous 
individuals trespassed from 
AATA buses each year for 
disruptive behavior, many of 
them homeless. 

While these legal measures 
may be justified, the question 
remains: What does a homeless 
person do once he or she has 
been banned from an essential 

Ann Arbor resident James 
faced just this problem two 
years ago. James, a bright and 
well-spoken young man of 
20 who has struggled with 

homelessness ever since he 
left the juvenile system in 
2008, was trespassed from the 
Delonis Center for possessing 
a knife on the center s property. 
James was officially banned 
from the Delonis Center's 
property for one year. 

Just a few months after his 
ban began, the Delonis Center 
made an internal decision 
to lift James's trespass. It was 
then, James asserts, that he 
was falsely accused by another 
guest of once again possessing 
a knife. Delonis Center staff 
placed him on I.S., banning 
James from the residential 
program he had depended on. 

The shelter has an appeal 
process in place that allows 
both trespassed and LS. guests 
to challenge the decision 
and apply for re-admission. 
Guests can fill out a grievance 
form, a lifting of LS. or 
trespass form, or speak with 
a manager about their case. 
Their appeal is reviewed by 
the management team and 
then by the Client Advocacy 

Committee, with the guest s 
entire history at the center 
taken into consideration. The 
committee's decision is final, 
but further, separate requests 
for admission can be made. In 
the vast majority of cases, the 
center arranges for the person 
to return, says Schulmeister. 

In James's case, he was not 
willing to fill out the necessary 
paperwork because he felt it 
required an admission of guilt. 
"I felt, why should I admit to 
something I didn't do, to get 
permission to come back to the 
shelter? I believe it was very 
unfair, because all situations 
permitted, the shelter isn't 
always right." 

Because he refused to 
accept protocol, James was 
consequently left to fend for 
himself, sleeping illegally on 
various private properties, 
such as ATM booths and 
parking structures, where 
he experienced further run- 
ins with law enforcement 
and received several more 
trespass orders. The police 

were generally very respectful 
and tolerant in their dealings 
with him, he says. But there 
was little in their power to 
fundamentally improve his 

Now two years later, James is 
still homeless. 

In James's experience, this 
tough situation is fairly 
common among the homeless. 
"Businesses and local 
governments frequently will 
trespass people from places 
where they're not allowed to 
sleep," James said. "But at the 
same time, the shelters will 
trespass people from their 
grounds and they can't sleep 
there - thus eliminating pretty 
much any legal place where 
someone could sleep, or some 
place that wouldn't be an issue 
for people to sleep." 

Once trespassed, a homeless 
person faces the possibility of 
arrest and jail time for repeat 
offenses. However, James has 
not witnessed this happen 
very often in his time spent 

homeless. "There are still spots 
where the police do trespass 
people occasionally and it's not 
a very stable place to sleep, but 
[people] can usually get away 
with it." 

What can a homeless shelter do 
to help guarantee a roof over 
every head? A perfect solution 
seems elusive. 

"There is no solution for 
all people, and there is no 
solution if the person will 
not or cannot participate in 
solutions," Schulmeister says. 
"The Delonis Center wants to 
provide services to as many 
people as we can. We cannot 
run an unsafe place; we do 
not have bouncers; we cannot 
allow drug use or sale; we must 
have rules to keep order; and 
we can only use the resources 
we have to help." 

Delonis Center staff refers 
banned patrons to Washtenaw 
County's Project Outreach 
Team (PORT) for ready-to-eat 
foods, tents, and sleeping bags. 


From Lansing to Ann Arbor, Michiganians were out in force recently to rally around 
causes they support. 

RIGHT: In Lansing, the rally was to protest sweeping powers given to governor 
appointees which will have a dramatic effect on collective bargaining. 

BELOW: In Ann Arbor, laborers showed their solidarity 
with public workers in Michigan and Wisconsin. 

BOTTOM: Supporters of Planned Parenthood organized a 
rally at the U-M Diag to back the organization in the face of 
a House bill that will cut all government funding to its health 
centers. The organization provides basic health services and 
prevention screening to low income women. 

Photos by Laurie Lounsbury, Richard Scott and 
Christopher Alexander